Rapid City is pretty cool. We stayed at the Ramkota which has a nice pool with some fast water slides and another one for laps. Very family and pet friendly right off the interstate.
We wanted to see Mt. Rushmore. After a ling night of travel we got there late and decided to see the late lighting ceremony. It starts at 9pm. It is well worth the time getting there, about 30 minutes. Very well done.
We traveled to Crazy Horse after that. You have too pick a monument. You won't be able to see both night shows the same night.
Nearly 2.5 million acres of some of the most raw and rugged country in the Lower 48, the Shoshone National Forest …
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808 Meadow Lane Cody, WY 82414 United States 307-527-6241
Sun Jul 12 2:00pm - Mon Jul 13 8:00am
Cody is a great western town. One of the best I have ever visited. Immediately upon entering downtown we saw a mule deer cruising the main drag.
Then we had an awesome dinner at a cool local joint called Proud Cut Saloon. You gotta take teh kids out back though. Strict alcohol laws.
The trip to the east entrance to Yellowstone for a night of camping at sundown was beautiful. We stayed the night in Shoshone National Forest in Wapiti camp ground. Site 28 was right next to the river. Perfect views of the sunset and canyon walls. The Forest Service does a great job keeping the camp grounds clean and well kept.
Special note: The trip from Buffalo WY, to Cody WY through the Bighorn Mountains was tough. Going up was sweet. Going down was hairy. Driving a full 26' rental truck towing a vehicle required some skill. Coming the backside I had the Angel of Death riding with me the entire time. I would not recommend this route to COdy. Go to Sheridan and come from the East that way. Unless you enjoy torture.
In many ways, Yellowstone is the epicenter of everything that's still wild and untamed in the United States, and …
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P.O. Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 United States 307-344-7381
Mon Jul 13 9:00am - Tue Jul 14 11:00am
Wow. What more can be said. Aside from being the busiest time of year it was awesome. The visitor center at Fishing Bridge was very informative and spot on with details. We took the lower route to see Old Faithfull. The original lodge there is something to behold. Teddy Roosevelt did us all right by saving places like this.
Then we trekked up the west side of the park toward Mammoth. We saw huge Bison bulls feeding and sunning right next to the road. Lots of Elk roaming around also. No predators to be seen though.